Saturday, January 29, 2011

Return of the Region Rat

Last year I gave the Commencement Speech at my old Chicago highschool. It was 17 years ago when I last stood on that very stage receiving my diploma and now I was asked to return with
words of wisdom to the next generation.

Its hard to put into words what those twenty minutes were like. Its certainly a moment I will never forget.
What's a region rat?

The Region n : an area of Indiana encompassing Lake County; many Hoosiers immediately recognize a 'Region-Rat' from the subtle nuances in dialect and propensity of proclaiming being 'from Chicago', albight living in Indiana.

Regionites' have the ignorant belief that da Region is a gang-infested wasteland a la Mad Max or Escape from New York / LA. If your from the Region, you know this is not a belief but rather a fact ;0)


  1. Fantastic speech, so inspiring. I admire people like you.

  2. Hmm I wonder if I'd ever get to go to my highschool one day and be able to do something similar....

  3. Thank you for posting this, Aaron. You didn't just inspire the graduating class, you inspired me as well. :)

  4. Great speech, Aaron. I often refer to your journey to Pixar to inspire myself and others. Thanks!

  5. Your speech gave me goosebumps when I heard it at the commencement and it gives me goosebumps every time I watch it. Mr. Wilson is burning a copy of the DVD for me. I'm gonna put it right next to my copy of Toy Story 3. Proud to call you a Hoosier from Da Region!

  6. Hey I never said you were "crazy"! Good Job, Aaron. Well done.